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Rodney last won the day on June 16 2018

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    Songwriting and music; epistemology, and epistemology relating to mathematics (see my essay UNDERSTANDING IMAGINARIES THROUGH HIDDEN NUMBERS); and philosophy generally.

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    Rodney Rawlings
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    I am a Toronto Objectivist. In 2011 after many and varied struggles in the field of music I turned to writing specifically art songs. Now, so far, I have had my art songs and concert band pieces performed in Toronto; in Austin, Texas; in Chicago; in Chautauqua, New York; in Geneva, Illinois; in Elgin, Illinois; and in Munster, Indiana. I write the lyrics to almost all my songs, which concern reverence, aspiration, romance, independence, and the future. These themes also occur in those songs for which I have adapted an existing text.
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  1. As Valentine's Day winds down, here's a little offering, by one Leapy Lee, as a sendoff: There's a boy a little boyShooting arrows in the blueAnd he's aiming them at someoneBut the question is at who.Is it me or is it youIt's hard to tell until you're hitBut you know it when they hit you'Cause they hurt a little bit.Here they comePouring out of the blue ...
  2. When I saw the first ads for MADAME SECRETARY, I realized right away the subtext. Never watched it.
  3. My song "When Matter Touches Antimatter" is set to be performed again this month in Austin, TX. I got this email this morning: Rodney, Hope you're well! Fast Forward Austin has asked OOO [One Ounce Opera] to contribute a short set of contemporary art song on their upcoming FFA Festival, Sat 9/22. I would like to include an encore performance of "When Matter Touches Antimatter," if you approve of the inclusion. Here's a link to more about the event, which is free to attend: Here's more about Fast Forward Austin: Let me know what you think! Best, Julie Julie Fiore Executive Director and Founder
  4. I hope that wasn't to argue against me, because I know all that you said of course. The slip is not between the wheels, but between one of the wheels and its tangential path. Which one depends on which wheel is doing the actual rolling.
  5. Looking over this thread I see that all the points I would want to make have already been made. The paradox is easily resolved in reason. The resolution obviously would be able to be mathematically expressed; but it would be a mathematical expression of slippage, and quite unnecessary to the curious mind. So I am out.
  6. Hold a flower by the stem and twirl it in your fingers. Notice how slowly you can move your fingers while the petals whirl around.
  7. Yes, that's a good one, always liked it--though not as much as this one. BBJ is also easier to interpret in rational-ethical terms.
  8. This song, "Desert Pete" by The Kingston Trio, at first blush seems to convincingly argue against the ethics of rational self-interest: There is no denying the impact of the song for many listeners. Judge for yourself: However, I think the song's impact stems from factors that do not have to involve the literal truth of the quoted lines: the compelling issues of pioneer life and human survival that form the factual background; the power of art--the excellence of the song as a song, including the fact that the spoken portions are poetic and underpinned with good music and the chorus has a good melody; the repetition in the chorus, with its well-known artistic effect of tying all the thoughts into a satisfying unity; and a certain underlying truth behind the moral force of the tale. I think it is possible to state that moral principle in terms compatible with rational self-interest. I have my own formulation. Anyone else care to address it?
  9. I have made my own YouTube video for "When Matter Touches Antimatter." The audio is from the World Premiere, performed by tenor Brian Minnick, November 3, 2017, at Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas. The song was a winner of the Second Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Art Song competition, hosted by One Ounce Opera.
  10. I should mention I don't like 90% of her work, especially the later things (I admit I have not heard much of it)! But the things I do like I find stimulating and challenging. Moreover, I am fascinated by her personality, which you might as well get a sample of here. I am a melody man, and there is not much of a tune in this song ("Hunter"), but there are other aspects of the music I do like--and look at her facial expressions as she sings!
  11. I was aware of the Regina connection, having noticed it mentioned in a YouTube comment also. I don't think Björk so much was influenced by Regina as admired and identified with her. Björk had, very early on, quite a repertoire of vocal expressive tools, completely sui generis, as is shown in her very first independent release, Human Behavior (which I'm hoping you've never heard--it's a great example of her virtuosic vocalizations!)--which shot her to major fame. You bring up many subjects that I don't have time to discuss these days. Maybe sometime later. (You certainly have a varied history and background in many topics! Your theme song might be Björk's 'I've Seen It All,' the song nominated for an Oscar she would have gotten at the ceremony where she wore that 'swan dress.')
  12. Her approach to music and songwriting is completely alien to my own, and yet some of her records, and the things she does with her voice, really get me. A basic part of her personality is expressed in "Isobel," . Note the primal cry about three-quarters through. That wasn't on the record, but it may have developed in repeated performance, and I hear it as the hidden torment of being direct and natural in a world of artificiality. She was interviewed in 2007 by Harp magazine: HARP: Do you feel as if you stayed young for as long as you wanted or that you grew up – grew too mature – for your youth ? Bit of both. Because I had to be self-sufficient from early age, I sort of peaked at age seven. And the balance I found then has sort of stayed with me. I’m half child half ancient. [Emphasis mine.]
  13. I wouldn't say it is 'affected,' but it is mostly in jest, I believe. At the time, she was in punk bands that thumbed their noses at all musical and social conventionality. I don't know the context of this clip, except that it was part of a TV show about the band she was in at the time, and she might have taken the opportunity to do a bit that would draw on her preexisting positive feelings about technology and yet also align with the attitudes of her bandmates and likely of herself at the time. The innocence that comes through is real, though (see her early interviews, as in the first clip I posted and elsewhere), and I find it utterly charming.
  14. Here is Björk at a much earlier stage of her technology-love, where she dissects and defends TV: Honestly, I don't know just how to take this. Judge for yourself!
  15. Here she is, defending, as only she can, man's dominion over nature; machines; and modernity--including nuclear energy: